Web-based strategies for professional induction in rural, regional and remote areas

Year: 2001

Author: Herrington, Anthony, Herrington, Jan

Type of paper: Refereed paper

Geographic and professional isolation take their toll amongst professionals, particularly within the first five years of practice in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia. The attraction and retention of human service professionals and para-professionals in regional Australia is a significant problem affecting the sustainability and social cohesion of these communities. This paper reviews the literature on induction of professionals in isolated situations, particularly in the health and education areas, and proposes methods of support based on the use of the Internet. Samples of website designs are provided, together with an example of a site that would be appropriate for neophyte teachers. The site, entitled Mathematics Education on the Web, provides communication technologies for discussion, resources and exemplary teaching videos, and provides an example of how the Internet can be used to support isolated teachers in the critical first few years of teaching.